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On the 5th of February 2022, the art world lost a shining light, Josh Muir a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man passed away suddenly at age 30. Josh held his culture strong and close to his heart; it gave him his voice and his identity. His artworks echoed his culture in a contemporary setting, and his practice reflected his journey. Using bright colours and bold lines, he often drew together historical events and stories presenting them alongside current narratives in a distinctive graphic style.
Before Josh passed away, he was working towards an exhibition and a series of projects at Fed Square in Melbourne. With the blessing of his family, &Gallery Australia and Fed Square will be presenting these projects, with all artworks for sale for the benefit of his children, Jamari & Jyla.
Josh Muir held his debut exhibition Don’t Spit the Dummy in 2013 at the Koorie Heritage Trust and rapidly began to establish himself as an important emerging artist. In 2015 Josh Joined Mars Gallery and it was at his opening that White Night Artistic Director, Andrew Walsh and NGV Director, Tony Elwood had a brief discussion that would change Josh’s life. Josh was then commissioned as a major project artist by White Night Melbourne 2016, with his work Still Here being projected on the façade of the National Gallery of Victoria. Following this, Josh had several sell out exhibitions and was commissioned for major projects including his dream jobs in 2017, when Muir designed Richmond Football Club’s Guernsey for ‘Dreamtime at the G’ and produced Murrunghurk, a Melbourne Art Tram work as part of Melbourne Festival.
Muir won numerous awards, including the Telstra National Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Art Award – Youth and the Hutchinson Scholarship. His work has been acquired by the Koorie Heritage Trust, National Gallery of Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, National Gallery of Victoria and by private collectors.